It’s time – the first day of summer (or, as I prefer to think of it, Midsummer’s Eve). I intended to marry Fred as close as possible to that date, but it just wasn’t happening in 1999. So, June 19 it was – and we’ve just celebrated our twelfth anniversary.
We’re heading off with my sister Jo and Geoff, the man who tolerates her, on summer vacation the week before school resumes in August. Geoff’s family has an amazing set of old family homes on the Chain of Lakes near Waupaca, Wisconsin. I’d never been to Wisconsin until they invited us to join them last summer, and now I think it may be one of my favorite places. It’s a lovely place to slip away from the world for days at a time with a nice stack of reading materials.
Regardless, there are slow summer evenings and Saturdays between now and then and much to be read. The books I plan to pick from for summer reading include, in no particular order:
1. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway (I try to read or reread a little Hemingway every year – love.)
2. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin (One of my favorite marketers and an all-around genius.)
3. The House in France – Gully Wells (American journalist Dee Wells and philosopher A.J. Ayer in London in the 1960s.)
4. The American Heiress – Daisy Goodwin (Inspired by Consuelo Vanderbilt’s marriage to the ninth Duke of Marlborough.)
5. The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin (Acclaimed urbanist explores what makes a city great.)
6. Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica – Zora Neale Hurston (One of my all-time favorite authors.)
7. Second Nature – A Gardener’s Education – Michael Pollan (Buys an old Connecticut dairy farm and follows Thoreau’s edict.)
8. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept – Paolo Coelho (My choice for the next of Paolo’s Coelho’s works to tackle.)
9. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (Our book club pick for June.)
10. Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa – Mark Seal (A naturalist’s death and intriguing life.)
11. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner – Alan Sillitoe (Integrity, courage and bucking the system.)
12. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton (Having tried to buy it three times for my Mom, thought I better read it.)
13. Julie & Julia – Julie Powell (I read My Life in France by Julia Child and watched this movie, wanted to read it.)
14. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin (This has garnered so much attention, I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about.)
15. Yes We Did! An Inside Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand – Rahaf Harfoush (Politics aside, I’ve been intrigued by Rahaf since hearing her speak several years ago and love her blog.)
16. The Book of Night Women – Marlon James (A book about Jamaica that reminded me of The White Witch of Rose Hall – had to grab it from a bargain shelf.)
17. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (A wonderful musing on life that I love to grab once in a while.)
18. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua (I’ve been anxious to read this following much hype.)
19. Bossypants – Tina Fey (Had to throw in some great humor!)
20. Your recommendation? I thought I’d see what folks had to say and add another to my list!
While I’m unlikely to tackle them all, it’s great to have an arsenal of choices for the summer. What will you be reading? What do you recommend for me (and others)?
If you haven’t already, check out www.Goodreads.com and put your child on a summer reading challenge at the local library or Barnes & Noble! Happy summer reading!